Shea nabs fifth in 3000 meters, Mehmert sixth in shot put at State
Tue, 05/24/2022 - 10:00am admin
Nate Troy Sports Editor
DES MOINES - The Crestwood girls’ and boys’ track teams battled hard against hot and cold weather as well as excellent competition at the Class 2A State Meet held from May 19-21 in Des Moines. This year’s State Meet drew a record crowd of 35,500 despite the weather.
Cadet sophomore Kinze Shea posted the highest finish for the Crestwood girls’ team by placing fifth in the 3000 meters in a time of 11:16.42. In the boys’ meet, junior Zach Mehmert finished sixth in the shot put with a toss of 52 feet, 7.75 inches.
Shea also finished 10th in the 1500 meters in a time of 5:02.76.
Senior Kyleigh Foster placed 10th in the 800 meters in a time of 2:23.00.
In the distance medley relay, Crestwood’s squad of Kyleigh Foster, Olivia Johnson, Lily Troendle and Dylan Rahlf placed ninth in a time of 4:21.91.
In the 4x800 relay, the Cadets’ team of Foster, Olivia Ollendick, Kendel Slavin and Shea finished 12th in a time of 10:24.19.
“We are super proud of how our girls competed at the State Track Meet," Cadet Girls' Coach Karen Steffen said. "To finish in the top 12 in each of our events is a great accomplishment.
“Kinze ran a great 3000 race on Thursday, placing fifth, then turned around to anchor the 4x800 relay about an hour later. We came up a little short of winning a medal, but the girls still had a great race, and placed 10th overall.
“On Friday, the Distance Medley team (Dylan Rahlf, Lily Troendle, Olivia Johnson and Kyleigh Foster) also ran very well. They finished the race with their best time of the season. Kyleigh ran a 2:20 split to anchor them to a 9th place finish - just short of a medal.
“On Saturday, Kyleigh ran her third 800 of the week. She ran a personal record open 800 time of 2:23, won her heat, and placed 10th overall - 0.03 seconds shy of a medal. I feel that if she hadn't gotten boxed in on her first lap, she could have taken a couple seconds off her time, and came home with a medal. That's just how that race goes sometimes, though.
“Kinze finished the meet with a 10th place finish in the 1500. She ran a really good race, but came up just a bit short of a medal,” Steffen said.
Crestwood junior Maurice Powell competed in the 100, 200 and sprint medley events at the State Meet.
Powell placed 13th in the 100 dash preliminaries in 11.65 and was 10th in the 200 dash preliminaries in 23.09.
Crestwood’s sprint medley team of Powell, Aidan Skoda, Dashel Donlan and Topher Bigalk placed 23rd in 1:39.78.